Children's Games: Hopscotch
the world, children have enjoyed drawing grids on
the sidewalk or on the ground and then jumping or
hopping from one end of the grid to the other.
boy playing hopscotch.
draw different kinds of grids. Some are like the
one in the photo. Others are round and curl in a
circle. Still others are a large square with many
small squares inside.
are descriptions of two versions of hopscotch games
provided by students: one from Colombia and
another one from Indonesia.
C. López from Colombia
I was a little girl, most afternoons I used to play
games with my friends in our neighbourhood.
Rayuela, as it is called in Spanish, was my
to Play Rayuela
María C. López
There can be any number of players, and a stone is
the only object you need to play it. If you are the
first player, you draw a figure on the floor with a
piece of chalk.
you throw the stone inside square one. After that,
you have to hop into each square, starting with
square 1 and ending in square eight.
there are two squares together, you jump landing
with one foot in each square; but if there is only
one square, you must hop on one foot.
you reach squares 7 and 8, you have to turn back
jumping again until square 1. Then you continue
playing the next level.
time you begin by throwing the stone into square
number 2. In the next level, you throw it into
square number 3. You continue until level 8.
first player who does all the levels is the winner.
The most important thing is that the player has to
skip the square where the stone is.
Rules of the Game
The game has some rules. If an of the following
things happen, the player has to stop and another
player takes a turn.
player can't put his/her foot or feet on the
lines of the square.
player can't jump with two feet in squares 1, 2,
3, and 6.
player can't fall down.
is nice to remember playing games like Rayuela
because it reminds me that I had a happy childhood
surrounded by special people who always loved
Jump (Hopscotch in Indonesia)
Lie from Indonesia
I was a child, my friends and I used to play many
traditional games from my country, Indonesia, and a
game I played a lot was called One Leg
to Play This Game
game is very simple. We only need chalk if we play
on the floor, or something like a stone if we play
on the ground.
play this game, we had to draw rectangles or
squares arranged side by side. We drew four or five
rectangles or squares about 1 foot by 1 foot each.
number of children could play. To play this game,
each player had to hop to the first rectangle, then
to the second one, and then to the third one, and
reaching the fifth rectangle, the player had to
turn around still on one leg and hop back from the
fifth rectangle to the first one.
Rules of the Game
While hopping, the player must not step on the line
between the rectangles, and must keep his balance.
If, for instance, the player's other leg (the one
which is lifted) touches the ground, the player
fails. If a player breaks a rule, as punishment,
the failed player must stand on one leg for about 5
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